Eleven Chorale Preludes

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The Eleven Chorale Preludes, Op. 122, are a collection of chorale preludes for organ by Johannes Brahms, composed in 1896, and published posthumously in 1902.[1]

The eleven pieces are relatively short and are based on selected verses of nine separate Lutheran chorales. This work is considered a final statement on Brahms' life and pending death. One of the selections is a prayer for healing and restoration to health. Some organists sense that there is a "good-bye" in the last prelude based on "O Welt, ich muss dich lassen" ("O World, I Now Must Leave Thee").


Performed by Matthias Flierl

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  1. Mein Jesu, der du mich
  2. Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen
  3. O Welt, ich muss dich lassen
  4. Herzlich tut mich erfreuen
  5. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele
  6. O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen
  7. O Gott, du frommer Gott
  8. Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
  9. Herzlich tut mich verlangen
  10. Herzlich tut mich verlangen (second version)
  11. O Welt, ich muss dich lassen (second version)


Preludes 4, 5, and 8–11 were transcribed for solo piano by Ferruccio Busoni in 1902 as BV B 50. These transcriptions have been recorded by Paul Jacobs.


  1. ^ Bond, Ann. Brahms Chorale Preludes, Op. 122, The Musical Times, Vol. 112, Nbr. 1543, pp. 898–900. September 1971.

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